Questions about color mixing guidance and the visual impacts of specific color combinations.

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What is the purpose of using a very dark color for text instead of a pure black?

I have seen that some web designs implement an almost black font color (hex #001c00) in their designs instead of a pure black color (hex #000). Does the design actually benefit from this or is this ...
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What are the true complementary colors and their values ?

Being a webdesigner I learned that Green= 00FF00 Blue= 0000FF Red= FF0000 Yellow=FFFF00 Correct ? And color theory says that Red is the complementary color of Green. Yet when I use ...
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Deciding a nice color palette/font for a landing page

I am trying to roll out a landing page for a trading competition. It's at its very early stage right now. Right now I am focusing on: Free font to use (google font preferably) Color palette color ...
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How to create a color of the same brightness and saturation?

Let's consider three colors: Red, Green and Blue. For blue I created a specific shade, something like #F2F5F7. If you see this color, it has a certain level of shade, brightness and saturation value ...
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Derive color palette from given set of colors

I have a set of colors on a webpage where one color is the main one: #864062 <-- main color #853f61 #925071 #541c38 #64304A #eac9d7 Now I would like to derive similar color scheme for any ...
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Good color to go with black & white design?

What's a good color to go with a black and white design, if there will only be one color on the site? I've tried using color palettes but they're not very helpful, because if the first two colors are ...
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Can we estimate the total number of unique still images that are perceivable? [closed]

How many unique images are mathematically possible given the perceptive ability of the human eye?
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Which colors to use besides black & white for colorblind users? [duplicate]

Let's assume we cannot use shapes, textures, or anything else to visually differentiate two elements. We must rely on colors. Which colors, besides black and white, are best to use? We only need to ...
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How can I predict how colors will mix when silkscreening?

I'm just starting in silkscreen printing and I would like to know if there are common ways to predict the final result of overlaying transparent inks on paper? Are there methods that could help me ...
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How do I convert a red color scheme to a green one without making it look “brighter”

The current color scheme for my desktop uses a red palette. I would like to change it into something green instead so I went through the color scheme configuration file and "rotated" all color values ...
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Substract color from all objects to mode alpha

I am trying to make some stuff from Illustrator, with using remove once color to setting up alpha mode. I created example from Photoshop like that: Any Idea? Edit 1: Recolor Art is useless, no ...
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Choosing a good highlight color for dark background

I'm working on a dark design which is composed on a list with alternated row colors ( #252425 and #121314 ) and I use different colors for the text on it ( #85bb23, #6F6A6F, #FFFFFF, #C50005, #2AAADB ...
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How can the “dress” optical illusion be accurately reproduced on other images?

By now pretty sure the entire world is familiar with the "dress" optical illusion as it will one day be known. My question is how can this illusion be reproduced on other images? For those living in ...
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How do I choose secondary branding colors? [duplicate]

How can I make my branding color palette from primary colors? This is the url with the logo and the primary colors: http://www.onetravel.com/ How can I make other colors?
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Which is easier on the eyes: dark-on-light or light-on-dark?

While working on my latest website, I started actually wondering if what I learned in grade school was true. I've been taught that programs like Word default to use a white background with black text ...
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What is the name of the group of colours resembling the shades of face powder? Powder colours?

What is the name of the group of colours resembling the shades of face powder? Powder colours? These colours are very popular in clothes. I need to know the name of this group of colours.
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Color Theory: Is there a measurement of “colorfulness”?

I was adding some colors to a Windows application. A column was going to be colored in order to indicate groupings to the user. So in Photoshop i first selected some colors to use. Being ...
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List of RGB quaternary (and beyond) colors?

I'm trying to organize a list of colors for a puzzle game. I can find reliable lists (names and colors values) of the primary, secondary, and tertiary RGB colors - but I can't find any reliable list ...
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Many successful web startups have blue branding: is this a reflection of something?

Looking at the first page of the most successful Web-based startups of the last 10 years (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), we see the extensive usage of the color blue. In terms of the graphic ...
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Choose white or black letters over color

Given a background color, what is the best way to determine if I should use black or white for the foreground color? For example, could I use a formula based on the HSB values of the color? It's for ...
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Rapid web development tools and choosing color palettes

Recently I have started creating website designs. I found out that the way I do it is very unproductive and takes forever to finish. I tried drawing it on paper, then doing it in HTML/CSS, but found ...
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Add colors to color schemes

I'm quite new to color theory, I read about color schemes and saw beatiful schemes at Kuler. But I wonder - what if the scheme I love doesn't contain blue or green while I need them for water, sky and ...
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Does my very ugly website violate any general tenants of graphic design?

I'm learning how to use AngularJS (a Javascript framework used in web development), so I decided to throw together a website to test out some of its features. The website is mostly comprised of ...
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How does one generate a palette similar to the ones in Google's material design?

Google's material design specifications have sets of colour palettes: Starting with a base primary colour, which they designate as "500", they then have a range of incremental steps of shade, ...
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Colors combinations and and how to pick a color [duplicate]

i am new to designing and i have a huge problem. I can easily generate ideas of layout how they should look but my biggest problem is that i can't or is very hard for me to get suitable colours and ...
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Is cobalt blue a bad choice for text?

From the introduction of The Best American Infographics(2014/Mariner): "Did you know, for example, that cobalt blue is a bad choice for text, or thin lines, because of the way the eye brings these ...
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What are some ways to spice up boring designs?

I'm looking for what you guys might have in your "bag of tricks", meaning design elements you use frequently, such as interesting shapes, lines, textures, all that sort of stuff that you use to spice ...
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Any problems with light text on dark background?

My high school journalism teacher always said putting light text on a dark background is hard on readers' eyes and is a bad thing to do. But in my experience making spreads, there are many instances ...
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How to convert shades of one colour (red) into seemingly equal shades of another colour (blue)?

A site template I'm using has the following colour palette. I would like to use similar shades, but with navy blue. I will be using #003A70 as a substitute for #A13736, so ideally the rest of the ...
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Given a color scheme, how do I apply to website design?

Just so there is something concrete to discuss, say I have this color scheme: http://www.lavishbootstrap.com/?image_url=http://design-seeds.com/palettes/12/SpringTones505.jpg There are many articles ...
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Make sure the text is always visible as much as possible [duplicate]

I am given a text that is placed on top of a background of a given color. I need a way to determine the monochrome color the text should have to ensure the text's maximum visibility. My intuition: ...
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Material design: text color settings

I'm trying to follow Google material design guidelines. I use the same settings for text color but the text is hard to read because in the examples they have an almost white background. ...
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Where to start with Design with Text/Fonts/Typesetting?

I am a technical guy (software developer) and for some inexplicable reason kind of love looking at text or typesetting design (is that even the right phrase?) . I love what graphic designers create, ...
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How can I select specific shades when using a color wheel to create a color palette?

I am using a color wheel to create a palette. If I use a color wheel pattern/system like triadic, analagous, complimentary etc this will generate a series of basic colors/hues. My question is: Once ...
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Tips and resources for beginning designers

Thanks to the internet, graphic design and programming are becoming increasingly overlapping fields. As a programmer, I constantly find myself needing basic knowledge of Graphic Design, but have ...
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Colours consistently change in Illustrator the moment I deselect an object

While working with a file I noticed that the moment I imported my Illustrator file into Photoshop it changed our company colour #ff5522 to a different orange-red variable. Considering ...
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Contrast vs. balance in a logo

I'm not a designer. I'm making a new logo for an online community I'm a part of. I always liked bright colors, but not saturated enough to hurt the eyes. I'm usually using the HUSL palette to verify ...
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A quick and reliable test for linear a nonlinear color response with a given application / hardware?

There is an insane amount of confusion between linear and non linear response to color mappings, it depends on the drivers, the software, the hardware, the settings in your applications, what kind of ...
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Antonym of Pastel Color Space (Color Scheme?)

In color spaces we have the regular solid colors like solid red (#FF0000), solid green, solid blue, etc. ... Then when we add about 50% white ontop of it, it becomes a "pastel" color space... What ...
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Is there a rule of thumb or some guidelines for deciding what colour to use for a border?

What's the border color paradigm in terms of color schemes and background color? Some borders look nice on some backgrounds. Is there a rule of thumb when choosing div's border colors in respect to ...
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How to arrange images by their dominant color?

I want to arrange a stack of images by their primary color/s - or another, aesthetic way by involving an algorithm, rather than my own poor judgement. Is there a tool for doing so? These are ...
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Where did the term “Spot color” originate?

In commercial printing, "spot colors" refers to specialized ink mixes to create a predetermined color. Pantone, Toyo, and others are brands of inks which specialize in the sale of "spot color" inks. ...
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Is there a worldwide applicable color-emotion chart?

Colors are used to represent emotions; especially in advertising. People have even come up with color-emotion charts like this one: Yet, depending on the country, some colors have different ...
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What is the relationship between hue, saturation and value?

I see people adding color on top of a gray-scale drawing and their colors look great, but when I do myself, the colors look terrible (dirty, not the color I seem to pick from the color wheel). People ...
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How to balance and match colors in a color scheme?

I've selected a list of colors (for months of the year). This initial set seems (logically) good to me, however I certainly need to adjust some color tones in brightness, saturation or so. Is there ...
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How to select 5 optimally visible and distinguishable colors?

I have a document that uses 5 different colors for text, on a white background. blue green brown red black (or any shade of gray) I need to adjust the colors so the text has the best visibility ...
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Choosing a color on intention

There are various colour schemes that said to be in harmony, like the ones you find on Adobe Kuler and Colour Lovers. One can choose if it pleases her mind. But what if I have some words, or, better, ...
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What are the basic rules of “flat design”?

I'm not a designer nor a graphics artis. But I wonder, are there any basic rules that can be applied to make for example diagrams or small illustrations look modern/flat/whatever you would call it. ...
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Which colors should I use to indicate higher values in a graph?

Which color should I use to indicate higher intensity, frequency etc.? I mean, most of the the graphs I've seen use red to indicate high values (intensity, frequency, height) and purple to indicate ...
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Why is pure blue darker than pure green?

If I convert hundred percent green and blue to grayscale then blue one becomes like twice as dark. I can see that green looks brighter, but I also want to understand reason behind it. Looking at ...